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Heroes of Long Term Care

OHCA's Heroes of Long Term Care program honors individual long-term care employees for their service to residents, the facility, and to their community. Heroes are nominated from long-term care facilities throughout Ohio.

Caldwell, Ohio Woman Named August 2016 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Caldwell, Ohio receptionist and admissions specialist as its August 2016 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Patty Bettinger, receptionist at Summit Acres, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for August 2016. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.
Bettinger will be featured on the OHCA website during the month of August, and will be recognized at the Association’s Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Rich Stephens, Administrator at Summit Acres, says that Bettinger is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"Patty exemplifies the special type of person that makes a difference in someones life every day," said Stephens. "Whether working on bills, answering phone calls, she will always make sure the resident comes first."

Her career started at Summit Acres in 1984, and during her career she has been -- and still is -- a State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA), transport aide, unit manager, human resources specialist and for the last 5 years administrative receptionist. 

"She has had a journey of capassion and caring that extends 32 years in a time of uncertainty and challenge in our long-term care environment," said Stephens. "I know the residents Patty interacts with hhave their needs well attended to!"

Excelling in each of her positions, Bettinger represents the backbone of long term care, and is the type of employee most employers would like to clone, he added.

"We are blessed to have Patty as part of our team, going above the norm every day and truly making a difference in those we care for. She is truly a Hero of Long Term Care!

Summit Acres is located in a beautiful rural setting and provides true comprehensive care. In addition to short-term rehabilitation, Summit Acres provides home health, outpatient therapy, Alzheimer’s care, senior apartments, and spiritual services. The facility is located at 44565 Sunset Road, Caldwell, OH 43724, 740-732-2364. Additional information is available online at 

The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit association of more than 850 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and providers serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, representing over 80,000 individuals. Many OHCA members also provide a variety of home and community-based services.  OHCA is the largest long-term care association in the state, and the only chartered Ohio affiliate of the American Health Care Association, representing more than 12,000 long-term care facilities nationwide.